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CLEVELAND — On the edge of a division title, Trevor Bauer starts as the Indians open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland can clinch their first AL Central crown since 2007 this weekend. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. GAME time is 7:10 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers open their final home series of the season, with Zach Davies (11-7) facing the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony DeSclafani (8-4). UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo, who’s been out a year, could make his return to the Denver Broncos’ lineup Sunday at Cincinnati and tight end Jeff Heuerman is set to make his NFL debut after missing his rookie season with a knee injury and much of training camp with a pulled hamstring. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.
UNDATED — Kentucky Speedway will host the inaugural Chase race in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series. Drivers in the seven-race playoff are not only eager to get started but want to see what the second time around will be like on the repaved 1.5-mile oval. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 500 words and file photos by 4 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Noah Brown’s circus TD catch against Oklahoma last Saturday was replayed over and over and retweeted for days, but his Ohio State teammates weren’t as impressed as everyone else. They’ve seen it all before. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 780 words, photos.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kent State coach Paul Haynes has been on the other side of these powerhouse-versus-underdog games. The former Ohio State assistant is bringing his team in to face No. 1 Alabama on Saturday as the David in this battle with a college football Goliath. By John Zenor. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— FBC–OSU COACH-BICYCLIST HIT: Police say they’re investigating after an Ohio State University assistant football coach hit a bicyclist, sending the student to the hospital. Also moving on some news wires.